Create a Magical Landscape With Luminosity Masks in Photoshop and Raya Pro 3.0

Article By Jimmy McIntyre  Raya Pro 3.0 is on sale right now until 15th of April 2018, 2 pm GMT. Find out more. In today's tutorial we look at how to blend two landscape exposures in Photoshop with luminosity masks. We take this a step further by using the dodge and burn tools [...]

By | April 13th, 2018|Luminosity Masks Tutorials, Tutorials|0 Comments

Tutorial – Complex Luminosity Masks Made Easy With InstaMask in Photoshop

Article By Jimmy McIntyre In this latest InstaMask tutorial, I show you two ways of using luminosity masks - one simple method for exposure blending, and another, more complex method for targeting a very narrow range of tones. As you'll see, luminosity mask functions are extremely simple in InstaMask. We just create a mask, [...]

By | December 15th, 2017|Digital Blending, Luminosity Masks Tutorials, Tutorials|1 Comment

Forget HDR Software – 5 Ways To Blend Any Exposures In Photoshop

Article By Jimmy McIntyre In this week's tutorial, I show you 5 ways to blend any exposures in Photoshop. Anyone who has followed my website and blog for a while will know that I stopped using any form of HDR software a long time ago. I believe that, while certain [...]

Quick Photoshop Secrets 11: (Luminosity Masks) Smoothly Blend Sunsets & Blue Hour Scenes

Article By Jimmy McIntyre One very impacting way of deepening the mood of our blue hour images, is blending in a sunrise/sunset from the same scene, at preferably the same focal length. There are many ways to blend these two exposures naturally, but luminosity masks are possibly the cleanest [...]

By | September 2nd, 2015|Luminosity Masks Tutorials, Photoshop Secrets|Comments Off on Quick Photoshop Secrets 11: (Luminosity Masks) Smoothly Blend Sunsets & Blue Hour Scenes

How To Deal With Moving Objects In Digital Blending

Article By Jimmy McIntyre Dealing with moving objects, like leaves/trees/foliage or people, in our images presents a challenge in all forms of exposure blending. With HDR software, moving objects are one of the more common causes of haloing and ghosting. In Digital Blending, we can completely avoid halos and ghosting, even when moving objects are [...]

By | January 12th, 2015|Luminosity Masks Tutorials|2 Comments

Luminosity Masks – Why Can’t I Paint Inside The Selection?

Article By Jimmy McIntyre As beginners to luminosity masks, there are a number of challenges we face in understanding their application. LMs are a wonderful tool for any landscape or cityscape photographer, but one of the most common questions I'm asked by newcomers to LMs is, 'why can't I paint inside the mask selection?' It [...]

How To Shoot For Digital Blending

Article By Jimmy McIntyre Capturing the scene correctly in-camera is certainly the most important step in any photography workflow - a Digital Blending workflow is no different. No amount of post-processing can save a mood-less, blurry scene. It is important that we understand the incredible machine that is our camera, so that we can truly [...]

How To Prepare Your Images in ACR Before Digital Blending in Photoshop

Article by Jimmy McIntyre: Before we begin the digital blending process, it is important to prepare our RAW files correctly. Fortunately we have the wonderful, Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) to do the job! We can tap into the potential of our RAW files and correct colour, make sure we have no clipped highlights and shadows [...]

How Many Exposures Do I Need For Digital Blending?

Article by Jimmy McIntyre: How many exposures to take, and the EV difference between exposures is one of the first things people consider when they begin their journey into digital blending. Getting it right in-camera is an absolute must. Otherwise, you may return home with a set of exposures that won't give you the options [...]

Luminosity Mask Workflow + How To Remove Lens Flare In Photoshop

Article by Jimmy McIntyre: I started creating this video tutorial to show you how to remove lens flare from your images. However, the process was so quick, I decided to extend the tutorial to a full Digital Blending workflow using Luminosity Masks. Under the video you will see the written lens removal tutorial, for those [...]